26 Hyde Park Harriers (16 men and 10 ladies) headed to Otley on a Wednesday evening for the 10 miler which was round 3 of the club road championship.
Its a challenging route but can produce some good times. The first 3 miles is nice and flat along the pavements, over the river and into the country lanes. There is then a gentle climb before the big hill kicks in and you really have to work hard. A very fast downhill helps the average speed before another climb slows you back down. Mile 8 to 9 is probably the fastest of the night before the last mile is around the streets and cricket field to finish.
1st Harrier home and claiming his 2nd division 2 win out of 2 outings was Michael Vargas in an excellent 11th place overall and a time of 1.01.40.
Next up in 19th and claiming his 2nd Premier division win out of 2 starts was Philip Goose. He tried to keep Vargas in sight but drifted away late on so even had time for a quick drink off the HPH cheering squad at the pub on the run into the finish!
Jack Rose was 3rd Harrier home and claimed his first class win of the season in the 1st division. He wasn’t to far ahead of Scott Watson who was making his first road championship start of the year and was happy enough “Great evening, I made the pre race photo and Burger afterwards and ran 10 miles in between”.
Steve Rhodes scored great points on his first road outing of the year followed by Robert Howard, Chris Jones, James Booth, Mark Haddrill (loved it and thought it was a nice route) and Andrew Mitchell.
Jeremy Forber scored nicely in the 1st division and leads it after 3 rounds while next up was Richard Edwards with nearly a 7 minute course PB and the premier division lead after 3 rounds.
Phil Hammond did a 10 mile warm up to the race as you do, while Paul Dickens limped round and was glad when it was over but enjoyed the burger afterwards and is leading the 2nd division after 3 rounds.
Matthew Gray had great fun and was pleased with around an 8 minute PB while a special mention goes out to Chris Bracchi who 4 years ago to the day was having major heart surgery so had quite an emotional race but is in great form and got a 10 mile PB.
1st lady home was Amy Young in an excellent 1.15.26. This was her 2nd class win in the 2nd division out of 2 outings so far. She finished over 5 minutes ahead of Naomi Kellett who leads the 2nd division after 3 rounds.
3rd Harrier home was Clare Evans who was the only scorer in the premier division and leads after 3 rounds. She also claimed a course PB of 7 minutes.
Emma Brown had a good run to be 4th Harrier, with Nicola Moreland next after a really enjoyable race on some brutal hills. Then it was Matilda Rhodes who claimed her 2nd 1st division win out of 2 starts. She enjoyed most of it and was pretty pleased as didn’t go off too fast allowing her to have a strong finish.
Next was Claudia Bauer who got a 10 mile race PB on what she thought were evil hills but stunning views. Jane-Marie Bracchi really enjoyed running with Chris, enjoyed the views and the support at the finish. Samantha Scarlett was next and leads the 1st division after 3 rounds, then Jo Rhodes who had a great time and enjoyed the views.
Next up will be the Eccup 10 in July. Championship positions are below and thanks to Philip Bland again and Farhad Hamad for the photos.
|11th||Michael Vargas||1.01.40||2nd||106th||Amy Young||1.15.26||2nd|
|19th||Philip Goose||1.03.37||Prem||170th||Naomi Kellett||1.20.46||2nd|
|41st||Jack Rose||1.07.49||1st||183rd||Clare Evans||1.22.00||Prem|
|46th||Scott Watson||1.08.21||Prem||206th||Emma Brown||1.24.10||2nd|
|88th||Steve Rhodes||1.13.20||2nd||218th||Nichola Moreland||1.25.40||2nd|
|97th||Robert Howard||1.14.04||2nd||228th||Matilda Rhodes||1.26.50||1st|
|100th||Chris Jones||1.14.18||Prem||271st||Claudia Bauer||1.31.30||2nd|
|126th||James Booth||1.17.06||Prem||305th||Jane-Marie Bracchi||1.35.59||2nd|
|139th||Mark Haddrill||1.18.10||2nd||320th||Samantha Scarlett||1.38.05||1st|
|203rd||Andrew Mitchell||1.24.01||2nd||336th||Jo Rhodes||1.45.24||1st|